Vaal Preview – 26 March


Vaal, 26.03.2020, Race 1, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R90.000, 13:15GMT+2

Race Summary: Lightly raced ZULUONMYSTOEP has most scope for improvement and doesn’t meet a strong field. From a good draw will be the one to beat. Look for improvement from DUKE OF ABERCORN who needed his last sprint. GREAT ESTEEM showed marked improvement last time and could get into the mix. EL ROMIACHI, CITY DEEP and PACIFIC DREAM could make the trifecta.


#4 Zuluonmystoep, #3 Duke Of Abercorn, #2 Great Esteem, #1 El Romiachi

Vaal, 26.03.2020, Race 2, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R100.000, 13:50GMT+2

Race Summary: MAGOGO was backed on debut but had to work hard to beat MYNAGE who now meets her on 3kg better terms and could turn it around. AFTERNOON TEA is crying out for this trip. She races with before this – watch the form. ZERNEZ should relish the extra and warrants respect. CLOTH OF ICE and KOKESHI can improve on debut.


#8 Mynage, #3 Afternoon Tea, #1 Magogo, #2 Zernez

Vaal, 26.03.2020, Race 3, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R100.000, 14:30GMT+2

Race Summary: Only filly in the race SIREN OF GREECE could show the males a clean pair of heels and rates the one to beat. FIRE AND ICE will only concede 2kg to her due to a 4kg claim and will stay the extra. Stable mates LUKE MOONWALKER and THE EIGHTH LORD could make the frame. Watch newcomers BLUE MOON CITY and BACK TO BLACK.


#11 Siren Of Greece, #1 Fire And Ice, #5 Blue Moon City, #10 The Eighth Lord

Vaal, 26.03.2020, Race 4, Gallops, 2400m, Turf, R90.000, 15:10GMT+2

Race Summary: Three runners dominate – ABDUL was runner-up in his last two and should be right there again. GREY STREET has been knocking and should run a big race. KOOL BAIKAL should get into the fight for honours. CAPJACK, RED ADMIRAL and MOODIES WELL are looking for minor money.


#1 Abdul, #4 Grey Street, #2 Kool Baikal, #3 Capjack

Vaal, 26.03.2020, Race 5, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R75.000, 15:45GMT+2

Race Summary: AFRICAN ADVENTURE got going late last time. He sports blinkers again and should make a bold bid. THERAVADA ran well below form last time and should be given another chance. SERENDIPITY needed her last run and claims 4kg – respect. HIGHLANDER, KINGS CUP, SEEKING GOLD, ANAGRAM, GENTLEMAN ONLY, TOUGH CHOICE, ROCKSTAR CHILD and reserve LATIN OPUS could pop up.


#2 African Adventure, #1 Theravada, #14 Serendipity, #4 Kings Cup

Vaal, 26.03.2020, Race 6, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R90.000, 16:20GMT+2

Race Summary: Wide open. TAHITIAN ORANA is over a little shorter but the blinkers are back on. GREEN DRAGON ran well after a rest and should challenge. She is coupled with TOBEFAIR who was not striding out last time. MOROCCAN FLAME was blowing last time behind JIVE EXPRESS and should do better. Look for a good showing from TOMBOLA. Many others could pull it off.


#8 Tahitian Orana, #6 Green Dragon, #3 Moroccan Flame, #2 Jive Express

Vaal, 26.03.2020, Race 7, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R75.000, 16:55GMT+2

Race Summary: AKWAAN won on debut as a gelding and despite a big jump in merit rating could go in again. WAQAAS never runs a dull race and should give a true performance. TOP RANK is never far behind and could get into the mix. Ignore STREET FLYER’S last run – he is back on a better track. LIBERADO and WAR JEWEL could prove best of the rest.


#1 Akwaan, #9 Waqaas, #8 Top Rank, #10 Street Flyer

Vaal, 26.03.2020, Race 8, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R75.000, 17:30GMT+2

Race Summary: Reserves BAAHIR and GOLDEN MAN must be considered if they get into the race. RODGER THE DODGER impressed when winning not fancied on debut and could go in again. STRIKEITLIKEAMATCH hasn’t been far back lately and could feature. SHORTSTOP is a slow starter but could grab them late. STOP FOR NOTHING needed his first run as a gelding – include. GRINDELWALD is holding form.


#2 Roger The Dodger, #11 Strikeitlikeamatch, #12 Shortstop, #7 Grindelwald


Best Value Bet: #8 TAHITIAN ORANA

Best Longshot: #8 TAHITIAN ORANA